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GMC calls for physician associates to be regulated

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Well as a quick look at the Pulse Q&A will show (see : http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/your-practice/qa-should-i-employ-a-physician-associate/20030190.article) the 50k issue is a bit of a red herring, as it is a very temporary measure to bring very experienced US PAs here. There is good UK evidence that PAs can help us GPs (and yes, I'm a GP), and yes regulation would be very appropriate. Many of us are working with GMC and others to move this forward. Meanwhile 10 universities are currently training PAs (including Birmingham where I work and where we started training PAs in January 2008). By 2020 there could be 3,000 or so. NB most work in hospitals; this is NOT a threat to GP.

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25 Oct 2015

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9:05am

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